1 x 2-hour workshop weekly

3 x 7-hour intensive workshops per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDES9821, EDES9821D has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Familiarity with excel and word or similar programs.
Topic description

This topic will focus on survey and questionnaire research methods, with special emphasis on mixed method design and data collection procedures. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be outlined in the development of surveys and questionnaires for educational research.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop students' understanding of the role of research in the analysis of educational issues
  • Expose students to different approaches to research design as well as data collection and analysis of numeric and text-based data
  • Provide knowledge of survey and questionnaire methods
  • Develop a general understanding of scale development
  • Develop students' ability to select and use appropriate means of data presentation, analysis and interpretation
  • Develop students' understanding of the link between epistemology, methodology and theoretical explanations in education
  • Develop skills in qualitative (open-ended) question construction and thematic analysis
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Assess and select designs and procedures appropriate to the purpose and needs of the research
  2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methods
  3. Design, evaluate, and critique survey instruments that gather information about attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours
  4. Apply principles of validity and reliability in the design of questionnaires and survey instruments
  5. Critique, choose, and use some data analysis and thematic analysis strategies
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the strengths and limitations of personal interviews, telephone surveys, internet surveys, mail surveys and other self-administered questionnaires